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Trivia: For some time after the film, there were rumors that director Kevin Smith and co-star Jeff Anderson (Randal) had a falling-out, as Anderson did not appear in another Smith film until "Dogma." Smith and Anderson later confirmed that while they did have a brief disagreement (Anderson wanted to hold out for more money or a contract from Miramax when the film was sold, causing some brief issues), it was blown out of proportion by the perception of others.

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Continuity mistake: The "No Shoplifting" sign is gone when Randal sells cigarettes to the girl. (00:34:15)

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Randal Graves: Which did you like better? Jedi or The Empire Strikes Back?
Dante Hicks: Empire.
Randal Graves: Blasphemy!
Dante Hicks: Empire had the better ending. I mean, Luke gets his hand cut off, finds out Vader's his father, Han gets frozen and taken away by Boba Fett. It ends on such a down note. I mean, that's what life is, a series of down endings. All Jedi had was a bunch of Muppets.

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Question: Regarding the scene with the highly offended customer, is the actor deliberately hamming it up, or is he just a bad actor?

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Answer: I think it's a combination of both of those. He's played by Walt Flanagan, who also plays three other characters in the movie. Flanagan was a friend of Kevin Smith who filled in for several roles. He's definitely playing the part a little hammy... but I also think some of his reactions are a little off because it was (obviously) his first film, and he was inexperienced. (Though to be fair, he appeared in similar small roles in several other Smith films, and his acting improved over time).

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